Sports Academy Summer Bulletin

Celebration Evening

On Tuesday 18 June we held our annual Sport, Public Services and Travel and Tourism Celebration Evening. Students and staff came together to celebrate all the academic and sporting achievements our students have made throughout the year. Congratulations to all our students who went home with an award.

Amanda Sowerby – recipient of this year’s Shane Jackson Award

A special mention goes to our Sport and Physical Activity Co-Ordinator, Amanda Sowerby, who was the recipient of the prestigious Shane Jackson Award. The award is presented to a staff member who has gone beyond the call of duty for the department. Amanda has done a fantastic job in encouraging students from across College to become more physically active. Amanda was also the brains behind the College’s ‘Barnsley Smile’ Race for Life Event which raised over £3,000 for Cancer Research UK.

Esports Open Event

We held a successful Esports Open Event on Wednesday 26 June. Prospective students joined us to learn all about our brand new Esports courses and test out our dedicated Esports arena for the first time.

If you are interested in our Esports provision, get in touch by calling 01226 216 676 or emailing We can arrange a visit for you to see our facilities, check out our arena and learn about our courses.

Student athlete competes in international tournament

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Level 3 Sport and Exercise Science student Sophie Ormrod recently travelled to Luxembourg to take part in a Taekwondo tournament. Sophie won in the first round beating Norwegian opposition, but unfortunately lost in the second round to a Swiss athlete.

Sophie said: “I enjoyed the competition. I had a new coach and I felt my performance was better than earlier in the year. He was very encouraging and it gives me hope for future events this year in Poland and Romania!

“I was pleased to win my first round match, particularly as I was fighting in a new weight category. It was great to have the support of the Elite Sports Bursary that covered my expenses and enabled me to travel to Luxembourg.”

Well done Sophie! The Elite Sports Bursary is part of our commitment in supporting talented College athletes achieve their sporting aims and goals. For more information on how students can apply go to:

Pre-season training

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Preparations are underway for the new College sport season. Football training for both our male and female sides will take place every Monday and Wednesday ahead of the new season – starting Monday 29 July. The male team will train in the morning from 10.00am – 12 noon, whilst the female team will train in the afternoon from 1.00pm – 3.00pm. Both current and prospective Barnsley College students can take part in the training sessions. For more information on how to get involved please contact our Performance and Athlete Development Co-Ordinator, Luke Forgione by emailing

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In addition, we  are running a number of rugby sessions throughout the summer delivered by RFU Rugby coach, Paul Kelly. We have freshly developed a partnership with Sandal RUFC which aims to provide high quality opportunities for young people to participate in Rugby both inside and outside of College. Current and prospective students can book their place by visiting:

Sports Academy teams up with Football DNA

Our Football Academy has teamed up with Football DNA. The partnership will give us access to the latest coaching drills, sports science ideas and strength and conditioning trends within the world of football. You can find out more about Football DNA and what it offers by visiting the website.

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Do you want to find out more about the Barnsley Sports Academy? Our aim is to unite education and sport. If you are a current or prospective Barnsley College or Barnsley Sixth Form College student who is talented in any sporting field, we want to hear from you! Email or call 01226 216 123.





Higher Education Sport embraces the use of technology

A survey conducted by Sport England showed that activities such as booking a holiday or ordering a takeaway are considered easier to access online than sport.

As a result, Sport England have called upon those in the physical activity sector to embrace technology and make it easier for people to get active.

Our Higher Education (HE) sport provision has recognised the importance of highlighting the positive benefits technology can bring to sport with the introduction of a new module.

The module, Exercise, Health and Technology, is part of our BSc (Hons) Physical Activity, Health and Exercise course.

The aim of the module is for students to examine historical developments of technology and develop an understanding of the technological developments within physical activity.

Dan Connolly, Barnsley College HE Sport Pathway Leader, said: “We are thrilled to be able to offer a module that embraces the link between technology and sport.

“This module gives students the opportunity to debate the potential of various technologies of reaching exercise and health audiences in contemporary society, whilst formulating ideas for new innovations.”




Technology has made huge strides over recent years, now Sport England are keen to use new technological developments to increase and promote physical activity (picture credit –

As part of their effort to encourage people to embrace technology in physical activity, Sport England have awarded an extra £1.5 million of national lottery funding to the Open Data Institute (ODI).

The ODI offers training, research and advice for organisations looking to use open data for positive change.

Andy Higham, Barnsley College HE Teaching Associate, said: “The leading organisation responsible for grassroots sport in the UK has identified the need for technology to be embedded within the physical activity sector.

“Therefore education must follow in their steps and advocate such innovation in programme design and delivery.”

To find out more about the course:

Read the original article from Sport England:

Check us out on UCAS:


First annual HE Sport Research Conference a success

Last week our HE students held their first ever Research Conference at the Honeywell Sports Village.

Staff and students had the opportunity to speak with our HE Sport students and find out more about their dissertations and research projects.

Students presented a wide variety of research topics within Sport including disability football, mental health and how sport can be used to relieve exam pressure.

Coaching and Sports Development student Alex Sawyer said: “It’s been a brilliant opportunity for everyone to showcase their different ideas.

“It’s interesting to see how people perceive sport and it’s great to see people shine a light on aspects of sport that are less focused on.”

Alex presented his research linked to the marketing of disability football.

BA (Hons) Sport, Physical Education and Health student Hannah Robinson said: “It’s been a good opportunity to explore other research methods students are using to get an idea of how they used their data analysis. Seeing how other people are doing their research is a great way to learn.”

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Hannah’s research focuses on how physical exercise can help with exam pressure.


Dan Connolly, Sport Higher Education Pathway leader, added: “We are proud to have held our first ever research conference. It’s been a great day and a great experience for our Higher Education students.

“The feedback they’ve received from staff and fellow students will hopefully help them improve their dissertations and research projects moving forward.”

Are you interested in studying HE Sport at Barnsley College? For more information on the sports courses we offer visit, email or call 01226 216 123.




College showcases its Football Academy in head-to-head Cup bout

Barnsley College’s first team will compete for the South Yorkshire Schools Cup trophy after victory over the College’s second team in a unique semi-final derby clash.

The first team came away with both a chance to lift silverware and College bragging rights in a 4-1 win in front of a healthy crowd at Worsbrough Bridge Athletic’s Park Lane ground.

The first team started brightly, taking an early two-goal lead through Spenser Sheppard and a penalty from Callum Walton.

They strengthened their lead just before half-time when Walton grabbed his second of the night.

Picture credit – Colin Fuller

The second team grew into the game after the break and pulled a goal back through a bullet header from Jack Micklethwaite. However, any hopes of a second team comeback were dashed when a cultured strike from Tom Ward found the back of the net.

A late surge from the second team saw Braiden Barrie breakthrough on goal but his looping effort was denied by the crossbar.

Picture credit – Colin Fuller

At the final whistle it was the first team who secured their place in the final.

First Team Coach Luke Forgione said: “For the College it was fantastic to highlight the footballing talent we have under the floodlights at Worsbrough Bridge Athletic.

Second Team Coach Kalam Neale added: “It was a great display from both teams and a fantastic advert for local South Yorkshire football.

“We were delighted to have two teams in the last four places of the competition, and we are proud that our town will be represented in the final.”

To find out more about our exciting sports provision…




Sports Academy welcomes new student athletes

We were delighted to welcome some new faces to Barnsley College and the Sports Academy this week. Atley, Dempsey, George, Josh and Tom have enrolled onto our Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sport starting in September. They have also signed up to our male Football Academy for the new season.

We thought we’d find out a bit more about their footballing journey so far…


Name – Atley Jackson

Position – Attacking Midfielder

School – Barnsley Academy

Atley signed for Ardsley Athletic aged 7 and has been an ever present in their side since. He previously played for Rotherham and Sheffield Wednesday. Atley also spent five years with Barnsley Schoolboys. He represents South Yorkshire under-16s and recently travelled to America with the under-18s side for a tournament in Arizona.


Name – Dempsey Smith

Position – Wing-back

School – Horizon Community College

Dempsey started playing football as an eight year old for Worsbrough Common FC. Originally deployed as a winger, Dempsey enjoyed two great seasons for Worsbrough, winning the Golden Boot, Player’s Player and Manager’s Player of the Year Awards. Alongside Atley, Dempsey joined Ardsley Athletic before being called up to Barnsley Schoolboys and captaining South Yorkshire under-16s.


Name – George Davis

Position – Striker

School – Penistone Grammar School

George has been playing football since the age of five where he signed for Barugh FC. He was scouted by a number of clubs but chose to sign for Barnsley FC at eight years old. Following his release from Barnsley, George went back into grassroots football most recently playing for Staincross Rangers. George said: “I am delighted to have signed a contract with the Sports Academy and can’t wait to get started.”


Name – Josh ‘Macca’ McLauchlan

Position – Attacking midfielder

School – Shelley College

Josh, also known as Macca, started playing football at Penistone Church before having spells at both Sheffield Wednesday and Barnsley FC. He currently plays for the Elite Under-16s at Doncaster Rovers and is travelling to Portugal to represent them in the Ibercup in April. Macca has previously played against the academy sides of Real Madrid, Juventus, Sporting Lisbon and Real Betis.


Name – Tom Smith

Position – Midfielder

School – Kirk Balk Academy

Tom is a talented midfield player currently playing for Ardsley Athletic alongside Dempsey and Atley. He has also played for Barnsley Schoolboys and had spells at both Barnsley FC and Sheffield Wednesday.

We look forward to welcoming our new student athletes in September!

Are you a talented athlete looking to further your sporting development whilst studying at Barnsley College? We offer students the opportunity to achieve both academic and sporting success. For more information visit:

Alternatively you can contact Luke Forgione by emailing or calling 01226 216 387.



Apprenticeship Update

Last week was #NAW2019 which celebrated the skills and experience that can be gained from doing an apprenticeship. We caught up with our Sport Apprentices to see how they’ve been getting on…

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Chris Wilson has enjoyed success coaching Primary School pupils. (Picture credit – Penistone ST Johns Primary School)

Level 2 Community Activator Coach apprentice Chris Wilson has been working with Penistone St Johns Primary School. As part of his apprenticeship he is tasked with improving sport within the school. This includes boosting the pupil’s physical education provision through trips, visits and after school clubs. Above he is pictured with the Year 3 and 4 football team at an all-girls South Yorkshire finals event which they won!

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Aiden Tyas is thriving as a Personal Trainer. (Picture credit –


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Action shot – Aiden has started Pilates sessions on a Tuesday evening at the Honeywell Campus. (Picture credit –

Aiden Tyas is a Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Sports Development apprentice. Aiden runs his own personal training company and recently held his first Pilates session at the Honeywell Campus. The session went down well with the members!


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Michael is the owner of FUNdamental Football Coaching based in Barnsley. (Picture credit – Michael Woodhall).

Michael Woodhall is one of our newest apprentices enrolled on a Level 3 Community Sport and Health Officer Apprenticeship. Michael is now running his own football coaching sessions and enhancing his knowledge by assisting Sheffield United football coaches and delivering Primary School PE at Burton Road Primary School.

Finally, Seth Housley and Gasan Gindra from the Barnsley Combat Academy are enrolled on our Level 2 Community Activator Coach Apprenticeship. Whilst Tommy Crossland, also from the Combat Academy, is studying a Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Sport Development. These apprentices deliver martial-arts training and often compete internationally in Kickboxing.

If you’re interested in studying an apprenticeship, visit, email or telephone 01226 216 123.



Sports Academy striker in support of Women’s Football Week

Barnsley Sports Academy striker Betty Cheetham was part of the English Colleges FA Women’s National team that was crowned champion of the 2019 II Cacio E’Rosa in Rome.

Betty and her teammates clinched a 1-0 victory over Welsh Colleges FA in a tense final.

This was the first time the women’s team had competed in the tournament and the girls certainly made their mark in the Italian capital.

Betty said: “It was great to win it, I have never done anything like it before so it was a great experience to be involved in.

“A squad of twenty girls went and everybody got some game time.”

The success of the women’s team coincides with Women’s Football Week, an initiative promoted by English Colleges to raise awareness of women’s football.

Through football Betty has had some great experiences and believes it is important to get more women active in the sport.

She added: “It’s good fun, even at grassroots level it’s great to be part of a team and get to know different people.

“I’ve seen different parts of the world through football and when I play I feel a lot better, fitter and healthier.”

Betty is part of our female Football Academy which narrowly lost 5-4 to Tyne Met College to finish runners-up in the English Colleges FA Premier Division- the top division of Further Education football.

Regan Rooke, female Football Apprentice, said: “We are proud of their achievements and it highlights our continued commitment to supporting the development of female footballers.

“It just shows how much the female Football Academy has progressed in recent years.”

Betty added: “The training at the Sports Academy is to a high quality. It has definitely improved me as a player.

“Also the environment around the team is good and everybody gets on with each other and enjoys themselves.”


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Squad photo – our female Football Academy is going from strength to strength


You don’t have to study sport to be a part of our Sports Academy. If you are interested in joining our female Football Academy please contact Luke Forgione by calling 01226 216 387 or emailing